• Conor McGinn MP responds to the Budget

    “People in St Helens North are used to Tory con tricks, and this budget is just the latest one.”

    “The Chancellor has made much of his commitment to a Northern Powerhouse. But the government has cancelled work on the electrification of the railways and major infrastructure projects have stalled, while growth and wages in the North West lags behind other regions.

    “It’s clear that the Tory idea of a Northern Powerhouse is little more than a ruse to pass the buck on cuts and pass the blame for decisions already made.

    “The government also says it plans to increase the minimum wage, claiming it will introduce a new national living wage. But the same government is proposing to scrap tax credits which will affect millions of families. This sleight of hand won’t fool working parents in St Helens.

    “I do, however, welcome the promise to scrap permanent non-dom status, as well as the commitment to defence spending remaining at 2% of GDP. As always, though, we need to wait and see whether the government’s actions match its words.”


  • Conor elected to House of Commons Defence Select Committee

    Conor has been appointed to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee.

    He will serve as one of four Labour members on the Committee and will play a key role in scrutinising the Government’s defence policy and holding the Government to account.

    Commenting Conor said:

    “I am honoured to be appointed to the Defence Select Committee.

    “In a dangerous world, the threats we face are complicated and challenging.

    “I hope the government’s upcoming Strategic Defence and Security Review will facilitate an open and inclusive national debate on the security and defence challenges facing the country, and will properly assess the changing threats to our security.

    “I look forward to working with colleagues from all parties on the Committee. It is vital that we hold the Government account and help ensure our Armed Forces are properly equipped to deal with modern threats and challenges we face.”

  • Conor supports Parliamentary motion to recognise St Helens legend Wello

    Conor has supported a Parliamentary motion to recognise St Helens legend Paul Wellens.

    Commenting Conor said:

    “This Early Day Motion in Westminster recognises Paul’s achievements on the field and his legendary status in St Helens. Saints is at the heart of our community and in turn Paul has been at the heart of the club for 18 years. He is a great ambassador for the club, his sport and the town, and will be for many years to come. I’m glad to be able to recognise that in Parliament and wish Paul and his family well for the future.”

    The Parliamentary motion can be found here.

  • Conor calls for debate on the crisis in local government funding

    Conor McGinn challenged the Government on cuts to local government funding for St Helens and called for a debate on the impact the cuts could have.

     Speaking in the House of Commons, Conor noted that St Helens is set to have a further £23 million cut from its budget over the next two years.

    Conor called on the Leader of the House of Commons to have a debate in Parliament on the crisis in local Government funding and the impact it is having on critical services.

     Commenting Conor said:

     “My local authority area in St Helens is having another £23m taken from its budget, meaning it will have had a 50% reduction in funding by 2020 under this Government.

     “This leaves local people with real concerns about the impact this will have on the critical services my local authority provides.

     “I pay tribute to Cllr Barrie Grunewald and his Labour administration in St Helens for doing everything they can to mitigate against the huge impact of these cuts on council service.”

     “We need to have a proper debate about the crisis facing local government funding so that the Government is forced to come clean about the scale of the problems it is causing. It is vital we ensure that essential services local authorities provide are not put at risk.”


  • Conor challenges Duncan Smith on support for working families

    Conor McGinn challenged the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on support for working families and child poverty levels in his constituency.

    Speaking in the House of Commons, he told MPs that child poverty in St Helens North is higher than the national average.

    Conor called on the Minister to consider the effect cuts to in work benefits would have on the level of child poverty in his constituency.

    Commenting Conor said: 

    “In my constituency child poverty levels are almost 5% above the national average and recent statistics show that the number of children living in poverty is not decreasing. 

    “No child should have to live in poverty and the lack of progress is worrying. We should be working to address the root causes and ensure working families get the support they need”

    “Taking away support from working families will only make the situation worse for families in my constituency and across the UK. I hope the minister will take my concerns seriously and will fully examine the impact of any cut to in work benefits”



  • Conor challenges Government on rip-off rail fares in St Helens North

    Conor McGinn, MP for St Helens North, challenged the Secretary of State for Transport over the large increase in rail prices in his constituency.

    He noted that the cost of a rail season ticket for commuters from Garswood, Rainford, Earlstown and Newton-le-Willows had risen by up to 25% since 2010.

    McGinn called on the Secretary of State to explain this increase to his constituents.

    Commenting Conor said:

    “The cost of travelling to and from work for many of my constituents has risen by a quarter. This is simply unacceptable at a time when many people are struggling to make ends meet.

    “The Government has allowed blatant profiteering that is ripping off passengers and the Secretary of State has failed to justify why prices have been allowed to rise so quickly.

    “It is not good enough. More needs to be done to ensure that transport is affordable for the people who use it.”



  • McGinn promises to work hard to bring jobs and investment to St Helens in Maiden Speech

    Conor McGinn, newly elected MP for St Helens North, made his maiden speech yesterday in the House of Commons.

    In his speech he paid tribute to his predecessor Dave Watts, raised his fear as to what five years of Tory rule will mean for our community, but promised to work hard every day for the people of St Helens.

    Speaking in Parliament McGinn said:

    “St Helens North has a distinguished history and great potential for the future, but I fear that things will not be easy in the time ahead.

    “My predecessor served the House and the people of St Helens North diligently for 17 years. Dave Watts is one of the finest men I know. He epitomises all that is noble about public service, and all that is good about politics. His work for his constituency, and his devotion to his constituents, are an example to us all.

    “I come to the House committed to representing my constituents, and determined to work hard for my constituency. I made the people of St Helens North a promise that I would do my best for them, and it is a promise that I intend to keep.”

    The maiden speech in full can be found here.

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